Culture in Armenia

Culture in Armenia

Contemporary Art Organisations

Art Lab Yerevan

Artlabyerevan is a political art group. They promote activist art practice, support activist groups, organize seminars and discussions on political contemporary art, and develop strategies with political-social groups.
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HAYP IN SITU

HAYP IN SITU is a consortium of projects uniting HAYP Pop Up Gallery and IN SITU art agency helping to build artists’ careers and encourage international exchange.
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Institute of Contemporary Art

Institute of Contemporary Art, Yerevan (ICA) is a hub for the design, development and production of cultural and contemporary art projects. ICA promotes Armenia’s art economy.
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Latitude Yerevan

LATITUDE acts as an international hub designed for artistic action and educational programmes. A permanent exhibition space features exhibits by visiting artists and local talent, and hosts professional workshops.
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Mirzoyan Gallery

Mirzoyan Library is the first photobook library in Armenia. It was founded in 2014 by Karén Mirzoyan – a well-known documentary photographer, who donated the first set of photobooks.
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The Artist’s Union

The Artist’s Union of Armenia was founded in 1932 and supports painters, sculptors and art critics. The union organizes exhibitions, national and international festivals, art fairs, and publishes artists’ catalogues.
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Festivals

ARé Performing Arts Festival

ARé Performing Arts Festival is a ‘hybrid arts’ festival. Produced over a month each spring, ARé features performance art combined with visual arts, experimenting with original and unusual forms.
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Armenian International Art Fair

The Armenian International Art Fair is a platform for promoting and trading in new art. It focuses on contemporary and modern art, including paintings, sculpture, photography and installations.
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Golden Apricot Yerevan International Film Festival

Golden Apricot International Film Festival is one of the most important events in Yerevan's cultural life. Every July, it brings the best of the world's art-house films to Armenia.
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High Fest International Performing Arts Festival

High Fest International Performing Arts Festival was established in 2003. Over the years, more than 500 international companies have taken part. High Fest promotes performing arts and cultural policy.
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Urvakan Festival

Urvakan is the international festival for urban studies, music and visual arts. Urvakan is an Armenian word for ghosts – demonstrating the festival’s focus on the country’s abandoned and deserted sites.
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Galleries

Arame Art Gallery

Arame Art Gallery was founded in 2003 in Yerevan by art collector and promoter Aram Sargsyan (PhD). Two galleries offer the finest selection of original paintings by Armenian artists.
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National Gallery Of Armenia

The National Gallery of Armenia was founded in 1921. It is the country’s major art gallery with a collection displayed across 56 galleries.
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Npak Armenian Center For Contemporary Experimental Art Fund

The Armenian Centre for Contemporary Experimental Art (NPAK is the Armenian acronym), founded in 1992, is a non-governmental organization in Yerevan, officially incorporated as a non-profit organization.
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Galleries in the Region

Jermuk Art Gallery (National Gallery of Armenia)

Jermuk Art Gallery was established in 1972. It includes exhibits of Soviet-Armenian and modern cultural heritage. The permanent exhibition embraces around 100 paintings and sculptures from the 1920s to the1990s.
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The Gallery of Mariam and Eranuhi Aslamazyan Sisters

The Gallery of Mariam and Eranuhi Aslamazyan Sisters, founded in 1987, is home to the complete collection of their painted, graphic and ceramic works, with more than 620 exhibits.
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State Theatres

National Academic Opera and Ballet Theatre Named After Alexander Spendiaryan

Located in the heart of Yerevan, the Armenian National Academic Theatre of Opera and Ballet named after Alexander Spendiaryan (Yerevan Opera House) is a cultural hub and an architectural landmark.
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NCA.SMALL THEATER

NCA.SMALL THEATER is one of the youngest and most innovative theatre companies in Armenia. The company was founded 20 years ago by Vahan Badalyan as a drama studio.
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Independent Theatres

MIHR Theatre

MIHR Theatre was established in 2003 by sister and brother MLKE-Galstyans. The company has always worked in, and with, many different genres of movement.
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Theatre for Changes (T4C)

T4C is Armenia’s leading interactive theatre company. They transform participatory theatre into an engaging tool for health, civic education and human rights, delivering an approach to learning and raising awareness.
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House Museums

Aguletsi House-Museum And Art Café

The former home of Lusik Aguletsi, Armenian painter, collector and writer, the museum is filled with traditional interior decoration and objects. Entering it is like entering another world.
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Aram Khachatrian House-Museum

The Aram Khachaturian house-museum was established in 1978 and tells the story of the Soviet-Armenian composer and conductor. The museum also promotes his musical heritage.
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Ara Sargsyan and Hakob Kojoyan House-Museum, Branch Of The National Gallery Of Armenia

In 1973, the private residence of sculptor Ara Sargsyan and painter Hakob Kojoyan was given to the state by their descendants and contains a selection of artworks and personal items.
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Avetik Isahakyan House-Museum (Yerevan)

The house-museum of Armenian poet Avetik Isahakyan is on the peaceful Zarobian street parallel to Baghramian Avenue. Isahakyan lived in this house for the last ten years of his life.
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Aznavour Center Interactive Museum And Cultural Center

The Aznavour Foundation, created by Charles Aznavour and his son Nicolas aims at continuing the development and implementation of educational, cultural and social projects started by the legendary artist.
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Dilijan Local Lore Museum and Art Gallery

The museum has an informational, cultural and educational role. All the objects and exhibits that are preserved and displayed here are of historical and cultural importance.
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Ervand Kochar Museum

The Ervand Kochar Museum was opened in 1984 on the base of Ervand Kochar’s studio, and includes his masterpiece Painting in Space.
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Galentz Museum

The Galentz Museum opened in 2010, forty years after the death of the renowned painter Haroutiun Galentz whose works have paved new ways for Armenian art.
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Hovhannes Tumanyan Museum

This museum, dedicated to renowned prominent thinker, writer, poet, fabulist and humanist Hovhannes Toumanian, opened in April 1953, and has more than 18,000 exhibits.
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Komitas Museum-Institute

Komitas Museum-Institute develops academic research and explores the artistic heritage of Armenian musician Komitas. The museum displays contemporary art and cultural-historical heritage artefacts.
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Martiros Sarian House-Museum

This house-museum covers the different periods and genres of artist Martiros Sarian’s life and creativity: from his first drawings to works produced in his final months.
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Sergey Parajanov Museum

The museum was founded in 1988, following the first exhibition of Parajanov’s artworks at the State Museum of Armenian Folk Art. The museum’s collection comprises 600 items.
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Ter-Ghazaryans' Micro Art

The world-renowned Armenian, Edward Ter Ghazaryan is the master of the unique art of micro sculpture. His extraordinary work can be seen here.
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The House-Museum of Minas Avetisyan

The house-museum of the painter Minas Avetisyan was opened in 1982 in Jajur, Armenia, where he was born. In 1988 it was destroyed and was reopened in 2005.
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Yeghishe Charents House-Museum

Yeghishe Charents House-Museum is a centre for the study of the poet's life, literary-cultural and social-political activities. Charents’ personal belongings, library, documents, photos and other materials are kept here.
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Museums in Yerevan

Cafesjian Museum Foundation

The Cafesjian Center for the Arts is dedicated to bringing the best of contemporary art to Armenia and presenting the best of Armenian culture to the world.
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Erebuni Historical and Archaeological Museum-Reserve

The Erebuni Historical and Archaeological Museum-Reserve was established in 1968, the opening of which was timed to coincide with Yerevan’s 2,750th anniversary.
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History Museum of Armenia

The History Museum of Armenia preserves, studies and publicizes the Museum’s artefacts and collections which represent the history and culture of Armenia and the Armenian people.
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Literature And Art Museum Named After Yeghishe Charents

The museum was the historiographical department of the State Cultural-history, but it began its main activities in 1922 under the leadership of Yervand Shahaziz, the historian and philologist.
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Matenadaran Research Institute Of Ancient Manuscripts Named After M. Mashtots

The Matenadaran – officially the Mesrop Mashtots Institute of Ancient Manuscripts – is a museum of manuscripts and a research institute in Yerevan. It is the world's largest repository of Armenian manuscripts.
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Megerian Carpet Armenia

Established in 1917, in Manhasset, New York, Megerian Rugs was fundamental in revitalizing traditional Armenian rug weaving and Armenian artistic creativity after the dissolution of the Soviet Union.
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Modern Art Museum State

Founded in 1972 by Henrik Igityan, The Modern Art Museum – a specialist museum of contemporary and modern art – became the first of its kind in the Soviet Union.
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Museum-Institute of the Armenian Genocide

The Armenian Genocide Museum-Institute was opened in 1995 and is dedicated to the victims of the 1915 Armenian Genocide. It’s surrounded by 100 wooded hectares of the Tstitsernakaberd Memorial Park.
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National Museum-Institute of Architecture After Alexander Tamanyan

The National Museum-Institute of Architecture After Alexander Tamanyan is a scientific and cultural institution and is home to materials on architecture, urban planning, theory and the art history of construction.
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Yerevan History Museum

Yerevan History Museum was founded in 1931. Since 2005, the museum has been located in an area formerly occupied by the fortress of Yerevan.
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Art Initiatives

Art and Cultural Studies Laboratory (ACSL)

ACSL was founded in Armenia in 2007 with the goal of establishing a stable platform for critical analysis, reflections, open discussions and international exchange between art professionals.
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